By now, it should be expected by most readers that the Ryzen 8050 APU series will launch with 12 cores. Although there have been various speculations regarding the setup of this single-chip APU, it seems that the consensus has settled on a configuration of 4x Zen5 (Big/P-Core) and 12x Zen5c (Small/E-Core).
The latest leak from PerformanceDatabases unveils an AMD Strix Point APU with the mentioned setup, featuring 1024 unified shaders. This solidifies the fact that the upcoming APU of the next generation will indeed incorporate 16 Compute Units (16×64=1024).Although the integrated GPU is labeled as AMD Strix – Internal GPU, it’s important to understand that this naming comes from the HWINFO software used to gather specifications for an unreleased CPU. Moreover, the reported 512MB GDDR6 memory configuration is probably not accurate.
The full screenshots reveal the STX1-A0 silicon, intended for a 45W TDP, hinting that it’s probably a prototype for a mobile processor. This particular CPU is packaged in FP8 format and is combined with 32GB of LPDDR5 memory.
The Strix Point APU is just one version of the Zen5 core that AMD intends to incorporate into its upcoming Ryzen 8000 series. Anticipate a range of processors featuring various combinations of CPU architectures, including Zen4, Zen5, and Zen5c, along with either RDNA3 or RDNA3.5 GPU architectures. The Strix Point APU is positioned as the successor to the Ryzen 7040H(S) series, commonly found in mainstream laptops, often paired with high-performance gaming GPUs. However, with the introduction of the 16CU RDNA3.5 integrated graphics, there will be even less reason to include discrete graphics in such laptops.
Moreover, this represents a 50% rise in CPU core count and a 33% increase in GPU cores when compared to the Phoenix APUs, which are presently preferred by numerous manufacturers of handheld gaming devices. With the upgrade in CPU architecture and the higher GPU core count, these systems are poised to experience a substantial performance improvement, provided that these companies decide to launch new hardware revisions.